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Muslim Woman Investigated Her Own Hate Crime After NYPD Dismissed Her Case | HuffPost

A Muslim woman who was robbed and brutally beaten by a group of young people last month says the New York Police Department and the Bronx District Attorney’s office failed to properly investigate until she dug up video evidence proving the hate crime.

Fatoumata Camara, 22, said the authorities’ lack of investigation into the May 10 beating that sent her to the hospital with a broken nose and a head injury forced her to do the investigative work herself, uncovering surveillance video from a business near the crime scene. Camara, who lives in the Bronx and wears a hijab, said the NYPD reopened her case and is investigating the attack as a possible hate crime after she presented the footage this week.

Source: Muslim Woman Investigated Her Own Hate Crime After NYPD Dismissed Her Case | HuffPost

Sikh Airman Makes History As He’s Given Permission To Wear Turban And Beard | HuffPost

A Sikh airman made history when the U.S. Air Force granted him permission to wear a turban, beard and unshorn hair.

Harpreetinder Singh Bajwa, an active duty crew chief at McChord Air Force Base near Lakewood, Washington, confirmed in a statement released Thursday by the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund that he was given a religious accommodation, meaning he is partially exempt from the grooming and dress code that once prevented him from fully expressing his faith.

Source: Sikh Airman Makes History As He’s Given Permission To Wear Turban And Beard | HuffPost

Judge upholds Mobile’s effort to block Buddhist center – al.com

Several years ago, the Thai Meditation Center of Alabama Inc. filed suit against the city and its Planning Commission, which had denied an application to build on Eloong Drive near Dog River. Early phases of the dispute involved neighbors’ complaints about zoning issues and possible traffic problems, but the conflict grew to include charges that the city was holding the Buddhist center to one standard while allowing other religion-affiliated organizations much more latitude to build churches, schools and other facilities

Source: Judge upholds Mobile’s effort to block Buddhist center – al.com

Interfaith Ramadan Iftar Dinner Held in Montville | TAPinto

Approximately 75 people gathered at the Montville United Methodist Church in Towaco May 10 for an interfaith Iftar dinner. The Iftar is the meal that Muslims eat after sunset during the holy month of Ramadan to break their daily fast. Christians, Jews and Muslims ate together at the meal, sponsored by the Peace Islands Institute, to learn something about the Islamic faith and share conversation and peace, in the words of Montville United Methodist Church Pastor Donald Kirschner.

Source: Interfaith Ramadan Iftar Dinner Held in Montville | TAPinto